Teachers we are offering a few workshops at the upcoming TDSB Teacher PA training. The goal of these workshops is to provide teachers with an understanding of Toronto’s Black Art Community’s contribution through the history, culture and practice so that they can go beyond performance art to include substantive and relevant Canadian history and culture into their lessons.
Here are the workshops we’re offering!
Toronto Hip Hop Dance History
Do Dat Entertainment pioneered Toronto’s unique style of hip hop dance by infusing reggae rhythms, with hip hop dance movement and militant formations inspired by African American step dance. Despite persistent anti-black racism within Toronto’s arts and culture sector during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Do Dat became the nation’s premiere Black owned and operated dance agency creating movement and providing dancers for artists of all genres.
The goal of this workshop is to provide teachers with an understanding of Toronto’s hip hop dance history and Do Dat’s contribution to the culture so that they can go beyond performance to include Canadian Hip Hop history and culture.
This workshop is an engaging experience focused on the history of Step Dance in Toronto taught by foundational practitioners from Black Ice. Focusing on Toronto’s chapter in the history of stepping, this workshop discusses the contributions from Toronto stepping crews and their connections to Hip Hop, Break Dance and Dancehall iconic choreographers. Discussions include themes of anti-black racism in Toronto’s arts & culture industries. Both demonstrative and discussion based, participants will be required to Step.
The goal of this workshop is to provide teachers with an understanding of Toronto’s Step Dance history and Black Ice’s contribution to the culture so that they can go beyond performance to include Canadian history and culture.